LOVE SEASON | 7 Sweet Valentine’s Day Traditions From Around The World

In the United States, Valentine’s Day means cards, flowers, and hard-to-sang dinner reservation. As the Western holiday has spread around the world, many cultures have put their own spin on it. Some of these traditions – such as mass weddings in the Philippines – are charming, while others – like obligatory gift – giving in Japan – inspire feedings that are less than warm and fuzzy. When Valentine’s Day arrives of February 14, these are some ways lovebirds around will be celebrating.

Denmark Celebrates Valentine’s Day With Poems and Codes

Valentine’s Day in Denmark is a chance for secret admirers to express their feeling with a twist. Instead of sending straightforward love letters, men in Denmark send funny poems called gaekkebrev to the objects of their affection. The paper – cut notes are signed anonymously with a line of dots at the bottom, one for each letter in the sender’s name if recipients can guess their secret admirer’s identity based on this clue alone, the sender owes them an Easter egg.

In Japan, it’s tradition for women to give men sweets on Valentine’s Day

In the 1950s, a chocolate company introduced Valentine’s Day to Japan in hopes of chasing in on the Western tradition. But something got lost in translation. Instead of showing more conventional images of men gifting chocolate to the ladies in their lives, early ads insisted Valentine’s Day was a chance for women to buy chocolate for men. The suggestion resonated with people, and today it’s a vital part of Japanese Valentine’s celebrations. The custom isn’t limited to romantic partners. In a practice known as giri choco (translated as “obligation chocolates”) women are expected to buy chocolates for the men in their lives on February 14, including their male coworkers. This gets as expensive and socially complicated as you might expect, and it has become so unpopular with women that many workplaces have banned giri choco altogether. If Japanese women are dreading Valentine’s Day, they can look forward to White Day on March 14, when men return the favor with gifts of their own.

In South Africa, Women Pin Their Valentine’s Name To Their Sleeves

People in South Africa literally wear their hearts on their hearts on their sleeves on Valentine’s Day. It’s become a tradition for women there to write down  the name of their lovers – or their secret crushes – and pin it to their shirt sleeves. It’s believed the custom was inspired by Lupercalia, a rowdy ancient Roman fertility festival that also fell in mid-February.

Thousands Of People Get Married On Valentine’s Day In The Philippines

Valentine’s Day is a popular wedding anniversary in the Philippines. Each year, in honor of the holiday, local governments host mass weddings for couples who may be able to afford a more traditional wedding ceremony on their own. These events are usually president over by local government officials. In 2019, the mayor of the City of Dasmarinas married around 500 couples at once.

In Wales, Lovers Traditionally Gift Each Other Symbolic Spoons

The Welsh version of Valentine’s Day is Dydd Santes Dwynwen, or Saint Dwynwen’s Day, and is celebrated on January 25. The most distinct aspect of the holiday, which honors the Welsh patron saint of lovers, involves exchanging love spoons. There are exactly what they sound like: fancy wooden spoons carved with symbols representing the gifter’s love. It’s believed  the tradition may have started with Welsh sailors courting prospective wives, and it’s still used as a romantic gesture is Wales today. Handcrafted love spoons can sell online for between $50 and $100.

Valentine’s Day In Estonia Is About Friendship

Valentine’s Day in the United States is all about couples but in Estonia, singles aren’t left out. Their version of the holiday is called Friends Day, and friendship is treated as just as worthy a cause for celebration as romantic love. If they are looking for a love connection, single people can ride a special “love bus” that shuttles them around with other eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.

El Salvador Celebrates Valentine’s Day With A Loving Twist On Secret Santa.

El Salvadorians celebrate Valentine’s Day with a game called “Secret Friend”. Anyone who’s participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange around Christmastime will recognize it. A group, such as a class of kids, writes everyone’s name on pieces of paper and draws slips. The name someone picks is the person they have to buy a gift for by Valentine’s Day. The tradition has a sentimental spin that sets it apart from Secret Santa, though: When it’s time to gift, the giver must say one kind thing about the recipient.


English actress Kate Beckinsale, wearing a face mask, poses on the red carpet ahead of the 2020 Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health in Monaco on September 24, 2020. (Photo by ERIC GAILLARD / POOL / AFP)

LIFE IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS | Kate Beckinsale Matches Georges Chakra Gown With Custom Mask

Actors, models and socialites brought their fashion A-game  to this year’s Monte Carlo Gala for Planetary Health in Monaco this week. Hosted by the Monegasque Royal Family, Prince Albert II and his glamorous wife, Princess Charlene, the event brought together a host of A-listers on the terrace of the Opera Monaco to raise awareness about … Continue reading LIFE IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS | Kate Beckinsale Matches Georges Chakra Gown With Custom Mask

HEALTH | 5 Essential Oil For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Overview Essential oils are taken from different components of plants, including the roots, stem, leaves, flowers, or fruits. They’re used for healing and aromatherapy. Essential oils can help treat chronic pain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This form of arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your body’s immune system to attack your joints. … Continue reading HEALTH | 5 Essential Oil For Rheumatoid Arthritis

BEAUTY | It’s Not Aging: 5 Other Reason You Have Forehead Wrinkles

Before you sound the alarm, here are five things – not related to aging – that your wrinkles are telling you. Dread. That’s often the first feeling people describe when they talk about forehead creases – and according to researcher Yoland Esquirol, there might be a valid reason to make a check-up appointment with the … Continue reading BEAUTY | It’s Not Aging: 5 Other Reason You Have Forehead Wrinkles

ROYALS | Wedding Gown Of U.K.’S Princess Beatrice Goes On Show

The gown worn by Britain’s Princess Beatrice at her scaled down wedding two months ago goes on display to the public on Thursday at Windsor Castle where her ‘secret’ marriage took place. Beatrice, Queen Elizabeth granddaughter, tied the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at the castle to the west of London in July in a … Continue reading ROYALS | Wedding Gown Of U.K.’S Princess Beatrice Goes On Show

PARIS FASHION WEEK | Audemars Piguet To Debut At Paris Fashion Week With Ralph & Russo

Paris Fashion Week is set for September 28 to October 6 in both digital and physical form, and luxury watch brand Audemars Piguet is all set to make its debut on the catwalk. The brand is partnering with London couture fashion house Ralph & Russo as it unveils its Spring / Summer 2021 Pret – … Continue reading PARIS FASHION WEEK | Audemars Piguet To Debut At Paris Fashion Week With Ralph & Russo

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BACK 2 SCHOOLS | CNN Launches Abu Dhabi Academy For Journalists

The First CNN Academy in the world has opened its doors for applications for journalists of the future to learn about multiplatform storytelling. Starting in January 2021, the intensive learning program will offer a fulltime five-week course with a combination learning sessions and in – person workshops that will take place at CNN at Twofour54 … Continue reading BACK 2 SCHOOLS | CNN Launches Abu Dhabi Academy For Journalists

EMPOWER OF WOMEN | Iranian Actor Golshifteh Farahani Joins Dior Beauty’s Empowering New Initiative

French fashion house Dior has launched its new initiative dedicated to remarkable women from around the world. Inspired by its rich history and extraordinary women, the house of Dior, alongside Christian Dior Parfums, has created its #DIORSTANDSWITHWOMEN and #DIORCHINUP initiatives, to celebrate the impact women have on the world. The initiative, marked by a series … Continue reading EMPOWER OF WOMEN | Iranian Actor Golshifteh Farahani Joins Dior Beauty’s Empowering New Initiative

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | The New Digital – Art Museum Is Coming To Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture has announced a collaboration with international art collective teamLab to create a digital-art museum as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The museum will be located in Jeddah, and is set to be called TeamLab Borderless Jeddah and will open in 2023. The 10 – year collaboration agreement between Saudi … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | The New Digital – Art Museum Is Coming To Saudi Arabia

ENTERTAINMENT | Paris Hilton Says She ‘Feels Free’ After YouTube Documentary

There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite is speaking with former classmates from a Utah boarding school. They joke about how on her reality series ‘The Simple Life’, Hilton pretended to be clueless over many things – including how to perform any sort of manual labor. One bluntly … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Paris Hilton Says She ‘Feels Free’ After YouTube Documentary

TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia Gradually Lifts Travel Restrictions

Saudi Arabia is gradually lifting the travel ban, by allowing a specific group of people to enter and exit the Kingdom before January 1, the expected date of the complete reopening of the land, maritime and air borders. The exact date for lifting the suspension of travel and allowing the land, sea and air transport … Continue reading TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia Gradually Lifts Travel Restrictions

FASHION | Pierre Cardin Is The Subject Of A New Documentary

Pierre Cardin has an indefatigable work ethic. That’s one of the major takeaways from P.David Ebersole and Todd Huges’s new documentary, House of Cardin, which charts the ongoing career trajectory of the designer, from birth to the present. Cardin, ne Cardine, is a self-made and self-invented man. His memory of his family’s flight from fascist … Continue reading FASHION | Pierre Cardin Is The Subject Of A New Documentary

BEAUTY | How To Transition Your Hair Color From Summer To Fall Like A Pro

‘Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall’, F.Scott Fitzergeral once said. The first step towards reinvention? Changing up your hair color, of course. ‘It’s all about making (hair) richer, warmer, or color, as well as getting rid of unwanted tones from the sun and elements’, says colorist Aura Friedman, who … Continue reading BEAUTY | How To Transition Your Hair Color From Summer To Fall Like A Pro

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Arabia’s First Post – Covid-19 Concert To Be A Star – Studded National Day Celebration

The first, post-coronavirus concerts will be held in Saudi Arabia towards the end of this month. Set to go ahead on the occasion of the Kingdom’s 90th National Day (September 23), the celebrations will take place across the cities of Riyadh and Jeddah and feature performances from 11 stars from across the Arab world. The … Continue reading ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Arabia’s First Post – Covid-19 Concert To Be A Star – Studded National Day Celebration

HEALTH | Babies After 40: The Health & Fertility Issue

The Chances Of Getting Pregnant Over 40 A study in the medical journal ‘Fertility and Sterility’ confirms there is a steep drop in fertility in the 40s. researchers found 40-year-old females being treated for infertility had a 25 percent chance of getting pregnant using their own eggs. But once they hit 43 that number dropped … Continue reading HEALTH | Babies After 40: The Health & Fertility Issue

TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia to Lift Some International Flight Restrictions on September 15

Saudi Arabia will partially lift its suspension of international flight as of Sept.15 to allow ‘exceptional categories’ of citizens and residents to travel, the state news agency SPA said on Sunday. The kingdom will scrap all travel restrictions on air, land and sea transport for citizens on Jan.1, 2021, it said. In March, the kingdom … Continue reading TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia to Lift Some International Flight Restrictions on September 15

FASHION | COVID-19 Restriction Give New York Fashion Week New Look

New York Fashion Week will look a little different this season, with the typical seven-day parade of events stripped down to five days because of COVID-19 restrictions, with online runway shows, and smaller, socially distanced audiences. Host IMG said it had worked closely with the governor’s office to understand the protocols needed in order to … Continue reading FASHION | COVID-19 Restriction Give New York Fashion Week New Look

Queen Elizabeth Is Turning Her Sandringham Estate Into Drive – In Movie Theater

The coronavirus pandemic shuttered movie theaters around the world earlier this year, and while some have reopened in various locations, Queen Elizabeth’s estate is stepping in to provide quite the unique experience for those looking to catch a flick. The Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, where the monarch retreats during the winter, will transition into … Continue reading Queen Elizabeth Is Turning Her Sandringham Estate Into Drive – In Movie Theater

SHOPPING | AlUla’s Ancient Sites and Illustrations To Feature In This New Coffee Table Book

The destination of AlUla, working in collaboration with publisher Assouline, has announced  the upcoming release of a luxury, mesmerizing book of photography and illustrations. The book, titled AlUla is set to release in September and features stunning images by acclaimed Canadian-American photographer Robert Polidori, and interpretive illustrations by Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal. AlUla will immerse … Continue reading SHOPPING | AlUla’s Ancient Sites and Illustrations To Feature In This New Coffee Table Book

TRAVEL | Taj Mahal To Reopen Even As Virus Rages In India

India’s top tourist attraction the Taj Mahal is set to reopen more than six month after it was shut, official said Tuesday, even as the vast nation battles soaring coronavirus infections. India, home to 1.3 billion people, on Monday overtook Brazil to become the world’s second most-infected nation with more than 4.2. million cases, behind … Continue reading TRAVEL | Taj Mahal To Reopen Even As Virus Rages In India

HEALTH | How To Find The Right Sports Bra for Optimal Comfort and Support

Fall is almost upon us. In anticipation of a welcome, refreshing chill in the air and lush outdoor scenery, there’s no time like the present to breathe new life into your workout regime. But before so much as picking up a jump rope or dusting off your sneakers for running season, it’s important – make … Continue reading HEALTH | How To Find The Right Sports Bra for Optimal Comfort and Support

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ROYALS | Prince Harry Repays Taxpayer Money For U.K. Home Renovation

Prince Harry has repaid 2.4 million pounds ($3.2 million) in British taxpayers’ money that was used to renovate the home in Windsor intended for him and his wife Meghan before they gave up royal duties and moved to California. A spokesman for the couple said Monday that Harry had made a contribution to the Sovereign … Continue reading ROYALS | Prince Harry Repays Taxpayer Money For U.K. Home Renovation

FASHION | Huda And Mona Kattan Champion Sustainability By Investing In This Luxury Resale Platform

Following its launch in 2012, The Luxury Closet has gone on to become one of the world’s leading luxury resale platforms. A celebration of circular-fashion, the brand’s business model is centered around an aspirational dream in which value – oriented shoppers can make purchases rooted in both, quality and sustainability. Now, in a strategic partnership … Continue reading FASHION | Huda And Mona Kattan Champion Sustainability By Investing In This Luxury Resale Platform

TRAVEL ESSENTIAL | 9 Countries You Can Travel To Right Now

Recent trends in international travel aren’t encouraging. Many places are either doubling down on lengthy quarantine requirements or reimposing restrictions as COVID-19 cases spike. Border closures and quarantine rules changed frequently. Air traffic appears to have peaked in August, and it’s unclear what’s ahead for the aviation industry. On all fronts there is a great … Continue reading TRAVEL ESSENTIAL | 9 Countries You Can Travel To Right Now

LIFE IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS | Five Top Architects On How Hotels Can Adapt To The New Normal

A hot topic among designers across the world is how hospitality will overcome the new challenges hotels face in the time of COVID-19. Here, some of the topic architects in hospitality share their thoughts on how hotel design may evolve going forward. Jean – Michel Gathy Belgian-born architect Jean-Michel Gathy is the principle designer of … Continue reading LIFE IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS | Five Top Architects On How Hotels Can Adapt To The New Normal

CELEBRITY | Kim Kardashian ‘Inspired’ Paris Hilton To Freeze Her Eggs

Paris Hilton opened up about her plans for a family in the future. The hotel heiress, 39, spoke with The Sunday Times about how she decided to freeze her eggs after having a conversation with her friend Kim Kardashian a fewyears ago. ‘I had a really amazing conversation with Kim (Kardashian) about it’, Hilton revealed. … Continue reading CELEBRITY | Kim Kardashian ‘Inspired’ Paris Hilton To Freeze Her Eggs

CELEBRITY | Halle Berry Files To Represent Herself In Divorce With Olivier Martinez: Report

Halle Beery has moved to represent herself in her divorce proceedings with ex Olivier Martinez, according to a new report. The ‘Monster’s Ball’ star filed to represent herself instead of an attorney, according to Entertainment Tonight citing court documents obtained Tuesday. Berry’s former lawyer, Marina Zakiyan Beck, signed off on the change on July 30 … Continue reading CELEBRITY | Halle Berry Files To Represent Herself In Divorce With Olivier Martinez: Report

ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Film Festival Announces Jury Members

The organizing committee of the Saudi Film Festival on Tuesday announced the name of the jury for competitions in the upcoming festival. The festival, organized by Ithra in collaboration with the Film Authority of the Saudi Culture Ministry, will be held virtually from Sept.1-6 and broadcast online. Interviews with filmmakers as well as workshops will … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Film Festival Announces Jury Members

HEALTH | Caffeine Consumption Not Safe During Pregnancy, New Study Says. Some Experts Disagree

There is no safe level of caffeine for a developing fetus, so women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy should abstain from coffee and other caffeine – containing products entirely, according to the author of a new review of literature. But experts not involved in the review, which published Monday in the journal BMJ, question … Continue reading HEALTH | Caffeine Consumption Not Safe During Pregnancy, New Study Says. Some Experts Disagree

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